The blog is not primarily financially driven. We started this blog as a way to share our experiences and inspire others to travel, as well as follow their dreams. Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
I am an avid follower of Tim Ferriss and have enjoyed his books, website, and other materials that encourage everyone to live a life of freedom and personal fulfillment. This disclosure was shared on his site The Four Hour Work Week. (Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)
Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to disclose this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that earns us 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that earns us 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.
This would be tedious for us and even more tedious for readers. But rules are rules.
To cover ourselves and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link, service and product we use, the following all hold true: